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So I just learned from a friend that apparently having 3 sticks of memory in my system is going to make overclocking my processor difficult. Is this true? And if so, what can I do to fix it?
I managed to find the RAM I use here:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820220030
and
Kingston KVR400X64C3AK2/1G 1GB Kit DDR400 PC3200 Memory Retail (no link available anymore)
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With 3 sticks you're limiting yourself to single channel, right? Not sure if it will make overclocking a problem, as long as you don't overclock the ram. You can OC the ram, it just takes more time. Also, can you run 1T clocks with 3 sticks?
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Wow, what you've said pretty much is the opposite of the conversation I just had.
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MotF Bane (2:23:16 PM): ehhh
MotF Bane (2:23:18 PM): 3 sticks
MotF Bane (2:23:21 PM): is bad for overclocking
MotF Bane (2:23:24 PM): :/
MotF Bane (2:24:36 PM): pull out one of the sticks

Homsar Sentinel (2:29:52 PM): is it possible to overclock the CPU without bothering with the memory?
Homsar Sentinel (2:30:16 PM): it's just that every tutorial seems to cover both
MotF Bane (2:30:36 PM): nope
MotF Bane (2:30:45 PM): processor and memory directly affect each other
He's not exactly an idiot, so is there any merit to what he says?
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you can use ram dividers to limit the ram speed as you overclock the CPU. Also you have to remember you have an HT link, and you'll want to drop the multiplier for that as well. You overclock each component individually, find a stable max, back down a tad(if you like), and see if they all work together.
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Would the "HT Frequency" be what I'm looking for? It's at max, so I'm guessing I'd just turn it down from 5x to 3x or so? There's also "HT Width" but it doesn't really look like it matches the description.

I have tried 1T, but if I remember, it caused my monitor to black out on reboot. I can try it again, because I might have changed some other setting as well...
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Would the "HT Frequency" be what I'm looking for? It's at max, so I'm guessing I'd just turn it down from 5x to 3x or so? There's also "HT Width" but it doesn't really look like it matches the description.

I have tried 1T, but if I remember, it caused my monitor to black out on reboot. I can try it again, because I might have changed some other setting as well...
if I remember correctly, you can only run 1T timings with 939 chips if you have 2 sticks. Above that you have to use 2T command rates. As for the HT frequency, you're right when you talk about the multipliers, the width is something else. So, set it to 3x. Make sure it never goes above 1000mhz while testing, for stability sake. Take your FSB, and multiply that by the HT link multiplier, so, for 3x, the fastest FSB you should use is 333mhz, above that, drop the HT link multi.
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